No. 2 Minnesota earned a 7-3 victory and the series sweep of No. 9 Harvard in Cambridge, Mass., today. The second line led the way for Minnesota today, as Kelly Terry had three goals in the game, while Emily West had four points with a goal and three assists.
The first period was a scoring fest as both teams were on the scoreboard in the first five minutes of play. Minnesota took a 1-0 lead just a minute, 46 seconds into the game as Rachael Bona got a goal, assisted by Meghan Lorence. About a minute later, Kelly Terry gave the Gophers a two-goal lead with her fourth goal of the season. Emily West and Megan Bozek had assists on the goal.
Harvard got on the scoreboard at 4:25 as Gina McDonald scored, assisted by Jillian Dempsey and Kelsey Romatoski. Six seconds after Harvard's goal, Josephine Pucci was called for tripping and went to the penalty box, giving Minnesota its first power play opportunity. Kelly Terry capitalized, getting a goal just 13 seconds into the power play, assisted by Sarah Davis and Rachel Ramsey. Terry was on a hot streak, and netted a fourth goal for the Gophers at 13:25, assisted by Mira Jalosuo and Emily West.
Terry had her first career hat trick, and the second multiple-goal game of her career. Three Gophers have now scored hat tricks this season, as Kessel has three hat tricks and Schoullis had one.
Harvard was able to bring the score to 4-2 with a power play goal by Jillian Dempsey while Minnesota had two players in the penalty box. Lorence was called for hooking at 16:45, and Anne Schleper was called for tripping just eight seconds later to give the Crimson the five-on-three advantage. Josephine Pucci and Marissa Gedman had assists on the goal. The period ended at 4-2 in favor of the Gophers, as Harvard led in shots 10-9.
The Gophers extended their lead to 5-2 on a goal by Jen Schoullis just over three minutes into the second period. Amanda Kessel and Sarah Erickson had assists on the goal.
Once again, penalties gave Harvard a five-on-three advantage, and Harvard capitalized, scoring at 12:45 with Minnesota's Lorence and Bozek in the penalty box. Sarah Edney had the power play goal, with assists from Gedman and Pucci. The score moved to 5-3 in favor of the Gophers, where it would remain until the second intermission. Shots were 7-5 in favor of Minnesota in the second period.
With Sarah Edney in the penalty box for Harvard, Rachel Ramsey put Minnesota ahead 6-3 with a power play goal almost seven minutes into the third period, with Emily West on the assist. West got a got of her own a minute and eight seconds later, bringing the score to 7-3 in favor of the Gophers. West's goal was at even strength, with Amanda Kessel on the assist.
Minnesota had nine shots in the final period, while Harvard only had three. For the game, Minnesota out-shot Harvard 25-18.
The Gophers are now 5-1-0 against teams ranked in the top 10 this season. Minnesota is 14-2-0 overall, and 8-2-0 in WCHA play. Harvard falls to 5-4-0 on the season and 5-2-0 in the ECAC.
After the Gophers left Cambridge without a goal in their last trip here in 2009, the Gophers scored nine this weekend. Minnesota is now 12-5-1 all-time against the Crimson.
Minnesota is next in action at North Dakota next weekend. Both Friday and Saturday's games will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Grand Forks, N.D.